Offshoring is defined as moving manufacturing or other business processes overseas versus having them operate domestically.
This term is sometimes intermittently used with outsourcing, but there is a difference.
Outsourcing involves contracting some internal services to a third party company, which could be anything from manufacturing, assembly, marketing, accounting, freight management, etc. Outsourcing does not necessarily mean the operation will be moved outside of the country.
Offshoring, however, is moving an operation to another company to re-locate elements of the business overseas, while the company remains domiciled domestically.
Offshoring is a very hot topic in the manufacturing industry today, which has sparked a debate about moving jobs back to the United States to boost the economy.
It is important to consider enlisting the help of experts in the industry to best know the options that are out there internationally if considering offshoring.
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